Depending on your tastes in movies, a Mel Gibson-Suicide Squad 2 relationship could either be the greatest thing in cinematic history or blow up in the face of all in sundry. What we understand now is that talks are very much underway between the two parties. Seeing the 61-year old welcomed back into the fold of Hollywood.
His directorial war epic Hacksaw Ridge was up for Best Picture and Best Director. And, despite losing on both counts, the installment did take home two Oscars in the minor categories. This offered the Braveheart star an opening back into the good graces of the studios, indicating that he could be taking over from David Ayer with DC's Suicide Squad sequel.
Mel "Shooting The Bull" With Warner and DC Execs
As ET Tonight caught Mel on the red carpet, Gibson was asked if the project would be going ahead with him as director.
"I don’t know," he replied. "I just met some guys about story points. It’s not a done deal or anything. But it’s just fun to shoot the bull when it comes to stories. And if we can elevate any kind of concept it’s good. We’ll see."
Gibson did express to Deadline before that he held reservations about jumping aboard a superhero genre. But also left the door open to argue that he might be able to get the formula just right.
"I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different," he remarked. "It seems to me that you could do it for less… You’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors."
Ayer Suggests Black Mask Will Be Gotham City Sirens Villain
He might have forfeited his right to take control of the sequel, but director David Ayer has one last chance with Warner Brothers and DC via the Harley Quinn spinoff Gotham City Sirens. This week the filmmaker tweeted out a comic book strip of Black Mask, hinting that the character could be the antagonist of the piece.
Ayer made a similar non-too-subtle play with the Joker and Jared Leto, intimating that the skulled-bad guy could be about to feature. He debuted in the comics back in 1985 and because of his ugly aesthetic, is always on the hunt for a new mask.
Who can blame him? He's hideous!